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A protester against US spying is escorted by Capitol Police from a hearing yesterday in which US director of national intelligence James Clapper testified on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US and British intelligence services reportedly operate a massive data interception and storage programme involving the email and online storage servi(...)

Leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party  Sigmar Gabriel (left) welcomes German chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union  Angela Merkel and federal chancellery minister Ronald Pofalla  at the SPD headquarters before coalition talks. Photograph:  Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Germany’s Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has insisted that only countries that sign up to a European financial transaction tax should be entitl(...)

Dromiskin, Co Louth: €65,000, Capital Auctioneers
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Ireland: Co Louth Capital Auctioneers is seeking €65,000 for this cottage on Commons Road, near the village of Dromiskin, Co Louth Spain: Costa Blanc(...)

French president Francois Hollande (2ndR) walks with freed  hostages Marc Feret (L), Pierre Legrand (C), Daniel Larribe (3rd R) and Thierry Dol (R) on the tarmac upon their arrival at Villacoublay military airport, near Paris, today. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters.

Four Frenchmen held hostage in the Sahara desert by al-Qaeda-linked gunmen for three years flew home and were reunited with their families today, with(...)

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany, inc(...)

The remains of the tower of one of the two twin windmills of Greetsiel, northern Germany. Photograph: Ingo Wagner/AP

Mainland Europe began a massive clear-up job on Tuesday after the previous evening’s storm, one of the most powerful in years, left at least 13 people(...)

A tree blocks the pavement outside Strand station, London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

More than a dozen people were killed as hurricane strength winds battered northern Europe yesterday, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of (...)

It seems nigh-on impossible that the FFR (Federation Francaise de Rugby) president, Pierre Camou, would have relented in his unwavering declarations that his federation would not sanction a European Cup organised by anyone other than the ERC.

Reports in today’s English media that agreement has been reached between the six main European unions and federations, and the Anglo-French clubs, reg(...)

Paddy Jackson exudes a maturity in attitude far beyond his 21 years of age. It’s an important psychological tool in surviving the vagaries of professi(...)

An aerial view taken shows cleaning works at the US embassy in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters/Euroluftbild.de/Robert Grahn

The US National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone, according to a document published by a Spanish (...)

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